College life is all about managing on your own. Unfortunately it is also all about making do with limited space and resources especially if you are living in the dorms, unless of course your daddy is really rich and you don’t have to worry about these trivialities. But for college students who are mere mortals like us, storage is always tight and money is always an issue as well. In these circumstances the humble tote bag can be a lifesaver for the average college student.
Tote bags are incredibly adaptable and versatile. They can be used for any number of purposes, can be personalized in hundreds of ways, and since they fold flat, take very little space in terms of storage. Here are a handful of ways that tote bags can make your life easier in campus.
Use in place of a backpack
Backpacks can be big and bulky. So unless you have a ton of books and equipment to carry, consider switching up your backpack with a sleek tote bag. It can still hold a lot of stuff, and it gets the job done while making you look sophisticated and trendy at the same time.
Use as a low budget fashion accessory
Tote bags are very economical to purchase, and considering how hard tote bags are trending right now, make a stylish fashion accessory. There are many printed, colour blocked, embellished, or otherwise stylized options available. Use them in coordination with your outfits and you can look super smart and stylish every time.
Use as a catchall behind the door
If your stuff tends to accumulate in every which corner of your dorm room, consider the quote “Everything in its place and a place for everything”. However if you are not quite ready to Marie Kondo your whole place, a larger tote hung on the doorknob on the inside of the room serves as a lovely catchall for all the little stray bits and pieces. That way, your room doesn’t clutter up, and you can use the bag to collect all the odds and ends until you have time to put everything back where it belongs.
Use to store dirty laundry
Doing laundry is probably the least anticipated chore there is. Additionally since dorm rooms are often tiny and hardly have space to allow for a proper hamper, a large tote bag can function as a laundry bag. Just dump the clothes in and use the same bag to haul laundry to the Laundromat when you run out of clean underwear (or even to take all your laundry to your mom, we’re not judging).
Use in place of suitcases
When you are packing your stuff to go to college and purchasing college supplies, you will probably realize that you are going to have to take far more stuff with you than you had originally planned. If you’re packing everything in suitcases, remember that dorm rooms have limited space for storage. What are you going to do with the suitcases once you have unpacked and set up your stuff? When you're preparing your dorm essentials for college, it might be a good idea to pack in large totes rather than a suitcase. Not only are they easy to fit in the trunk of your car, once unpacked your totes will fold flat and can be laid under the mattress until you need them next.
Use as a shower bag
Whether you’re going to the college gym or pool, or even if you’re headed out for a shower at the communal facility, it is a smart idea to carry your towels, toiletries, clothes and other bathing essentials in a canvas tote. Plus as you walk to your dorm gym or pool, you would obviously not want just any old dorm bag.
Tote bags are an all-purpose essential college supplies item. Use your imagination and make it your own.